Carnegie Mellon University

MBA Accounting Concentration

Accounting has been a mainstay in the MBA core curriculum since the school’s inception in 1949. While Financial and Managerial Accounting I and II are required core classes for MBA students, there are unique electives to choose from in building an Accounting concentration grounded in analytical decision-making, technology, strategy, and high ethical standards.

A concentration in Accounting is intended for those MBA students who want to have a role in evaluating, analyzing and communicating an organization’s performance. Students seeking a career in general management, investment banking, corporate finance, operations management or consulting should find the concentration very useful.

For instance, the course Corporate Financial Reporting has students exploring topics of recent interest to the business community, including mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation, quality of earnings, and intangible assets. Also, the course Strategy, Performance Measurement, and Corporate Governance focuses on strategy implementation and incentives topics throughout the organization, including the board of directors, top management team, division heads and other levels of management.

Other courses in this concentration include Financial Statement Analysis and Taxes and Business Strategy.